Ken plays guitar in Unearth-the breakout band of 2004 Ozzfest. Here is what he had to say!
MI: What is your birthday?
Ken: February 4th, 1979.
MI: How did the band get together?
Ken: Most of us were in a band together before this and we got rid of the lead singer and found Trevor. We toured for about 2 or 3 years.
MI: What is an average day in the life of the band on the road?
Ken: Normally we’re in a tour van hanging out driving from show to show. We’ll play a dirty, grungy club and jump in the van unshowered and unshaved. We’ll drive all night taking shifts behind the wheel almost killing ourselves nearly every night.
MI: Who were your musical influences growing up as a kid?
Ken: I was a huge Beatles fan, a Beachboys fan… Iron Maiden was my number one favorite band.
MI: How do your parents feel about your career?
Ken: My parents are very supportive. I went to college for marketing and finance. I graduated college and got a real job and started making 50-60 thousand a year. I finally decided I wanted to do music as a career before I got old. They don’t understand my music but they do appreciate the success and the hard work I put into it.
MI: Have you ever inhaled marijuana?
Ken: Yes. I don’t do it frequently.
MI: How do you feel about the legalization of drugs?
Ken: I think everything should be legal so that everyone will kill themselves off.
MI: Describe the band’s music to us.
Ken: I would say it’s a metal/hardcore act. We play very diverse type metal and we have always been into hardcore music and we have a lot of hardcore tradition in our music. It’s a perfect balance.
MI: If a nuclear bomb were to wipe out everyone except you and 3 other people, who would they be?
Ken: Give me four. One would be Salma Hayek so that we could reproduce, two would be Stephanie Swift… You need a dirty girl around to have shenanigans with. I would also pick my swinging buddy to make martinis while I hang out with those hot chicks and I would also pick Adam from Killswitch cause he’s intelligent.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
Ken: I don’t know, but I’ve had a few psychics approach me and say a few kind words – all of which have been true.
MI: If you could play anywhere in the world where would it be?
Ken: I would have to say The Opera House in Sydney, Australia. It’s a beautiful establishment.
MI: What was the worst job you’ve ever had?
Ken: I worked as a collections major. I was collecting debts from people that were sick and dieng and it wasn’t really my thing to harass people for money during a bad time in their life.
MI: How do you think Unearth is different from any other live band out there today?
Ken: I just think that we have a unique live show and our style of music is unique. We were one of the first bands to crossover Iron Maiden meets heavy breakdowns. Out of our peers we were one of the first to do that.
MI: What do you think the greatest thing to ever happen to you was?
Ken: Having a good family. My family is very supportive and very loving. I grew up in a great place in a tight knit family. As far as experience goes the biggest honor was to be on Head Banger’s Ball and tour with Ozzfest.
MI: If you could open for anybody, who would it be?
Ken: Iron Maiden for sure, or the Beatles.
MI: Where do you see Unearth five years from now?
Ken: We want to headline as many gigs as possible. A goal that we haven’t reached yet is to play in Australia and Japan.
MI: What about the world pisses you off the most?
Ken: Mediocrity. People living shitty lives. Coming home after being on tour for five years I realized that I met a lot of ignorant people out there that are very one track minded.
MI: What’s your favorite track off of Oncoming Storm?
Ken: My personal favorite is Great Dividers.
MI: Who would you compare yourself to musically?
MI: What inspires your lyrics?
Ken: Anything that’s not heavy. I listen to rock bands all the time. I listen to stuff that is unorthodox and is not metal and that inspires me to write music.
MI: What guitarists that have inspired you?
Ken: Chuck Schuldiner and Jason Becker.
MI: Do you believe in reincarnation?
Ken: To some degree. I don’t think it’s stuff that happens to everybody. I don’t feel as if I was. If I was reincarnated I would say I was a writer, a poet, a musician, or a hard laborer.
MI: What do you think of George W?
Ken: A lot of people are not into him. He’s made a lot of good decisions and bad decision. He’s not for everybody. I voted for him last term.
MI: If you change the memorial in NY for 9-11 what would you change it to?
Ken: Rebuild whatever was there before.
MI: What is your favorite book?
Ken: I like the story of The Manchurian Candidate.
MI: If a movie was made of your life who would you want to play your part and what would you want the theme song to be?
Ken: John Cusack because he’s one of my favorite actors. A song called B19 would be the theme song.
MI: What is your favorite quote?
Ken: Be excellent to each other and party on dude.
MI: Do you have a message for your fans?
Ken: Expect more good things out of us. Expect us to come to your town and play more shows. Hopefully we’ll be putting out an album in the next couple of years.
MI: What is the band website?
Thanks Ken! We will catch you next time you are in town! Thanks for coming to Atlanta.